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 21 Feb 2013

Sail-World now translates to 15 other languages

Cuba is a rarely visited destination for cruising sailors, but this week we bring you reports from some Australian sailors enjoying the amazing waterways and exotic land sights. At the other end of the scale, sailors in Australian country town Ballarat are celebrating just because they have enough water to sail in this weekend!

They're celebrating the water!  .. .

Unlike Australia, which scarcely acknowledges the feats of cruising sailors, the great cruising clubs of the USA and the UK celebrate them annually with various awards. The Cruising Club of America has again announced its annual awards and we'll be featuring the profile and achievements of each of them over the next few weeks. This week it is the winners of the 'Far Horizon' Award for ten years and 38,000 miles of cruising.

The Blue Planet Odyssey – a world cruising rally with its focus on the climate change and the environment and with a start in Australia – is shaping to be a ground breaking event, departing in 2015 from Sydney. This week British sailing guru and rally organiser Jimmy Cornell answers why one of the routes chosen is the hazardous Northwest Passage.

While sailing hero Pete Goss was completing a sailing kayak circumnavigation of Tasmania, the investigation into the tragic sinking of the Captain Bligh's replica tall ship Bounty in the Atlantic was – and still is – taking place. This week read evidence presented that the timbers were rotted before she set off.
Captain Bligh's tall ship replica Bounty, in its death throes  .. .

Autopilots are invaluable for the cruising sailor - for serious, and not so serious, reasons  .. .
Again we have the latest info on new and green products and some fine advice from your fellow cruising sailors. West Marine, whose products bought online arrive in Australia in just a couple of days, have announced two environment-protecting innovative products as their 'Green Products for 2013'; Tech-savvy cruising sailor Neil Langford from Melbourne, but now in Thailand,examines EPIRBs available on the market and discovers some surprising – and disturbing – aspects; read how autopilots are getting smarter and more flexible; and John Jamieson is telling us all to 'think inverted!' when preparing to go sailing. What does that mean? Read the story!

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

11th Van Diemens Land Circumnavigation Cruise sets off
Peter Campbell/Sail-World,
This week some 200 sailors aboard 37 cruising yachts and three motor cruisers set sail from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Hobart on the 11th biennial Van Diemens Land Circumnavigation Cruise, familiarly known as the VDL-C.... [more]
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Jeni Bone, is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers in 40+ countries.... [more]
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Lake Wendouree sailing goes ahead - there's enough water!
Fiona Henderson, The Courier/Sail-World,
Some yacht clubs have it tougher than others. Sailors in Ballarat in Australia's southern state of Victoria are jubilant, and all it took was getting enough water in their lake to sail this weekend. Sailing in the form of a State yachting event will go ahead on Ballarat's Lake Wendouree after fears that low water levels would force it to be moved.... [more]
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Expose on EPIRBS - what price safety?
Neil and Ley Langford,
Neil Langford, sailing with his wife Ley on Crystal Blues in Thailand, is considering crossing the Indian Ocean and reaching the Atlantic via Africa in a loose network of cruising sailors this year. While preparing, they have made some surprising discoveries about EPIRBs, which they share here:... [more]
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West Marine's 'Green Products of 2013' announced - both practical
West Marine/Sail-World Cruising,
They are both practical, both as green as a magic dragon and both worthy of the attention of a cruising sailor. Two products were selected as West Marine's 2013 'Green Product of the Year' Winners: Attwood's Fuel Demand Valve and West Marine CFA bottom paint share the top honor and the $10,000 prize.... [more]
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Pete Goss sails kayak around Tasmania
Stuart Elford/Sail-World Cruising,
Pete Goss and Andy Warrender have completed their epic 800nm circumnavigation of Tasmania by sea kayak after 50 days of adventure, sailing when they could and paddling when they couldn't, in a trip which saw a variety of weather and a wealth of wildlife.... [more]
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Marine products honored for innovation
NMMA/Sail-World Cruising,
Innovation is the lifeblood of development and this week ten marine products were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 72nd annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. Most this year related to the general boating and fishing scene, but there were some sailing-oriented products among them... [more]
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Sailing Safety - Think 'Inverted' When Making Cruising Preparations
John Jamieson,
Learn to sail with the mindset that sets you apart from the crowd. Acclaimed author and sailor John Vigor makes a great point in his book 'The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat' to 'think inverted' when provisioning or cruise planning. Read on for what this means to sailing safety.... [more]
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Hearing: Bounty that sank had 'decaying frame and undetermined rot'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The replica 18th-century sailing ship Bounty that sank off North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy had a decaying frame with an undetermined amount of rot in it before leaving port. This is what a Maine shipyard worker has told federal officials Wednesday at an investigative hearing.... [more]
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Blue Planet Odyssey - why the Northwest Passage?
Jimmy Cornell/Sail-World Cruising,
The decision for the Blue Planet Odyssey, one of the most ambitious world circumnavigation rallies ever to be launched, to sail through the Northwest Passage has generated a debate over the justification for a small fleet of cruising boats navigating through this once impenetrable and still difficult and challenging area.... [more]
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Burke launches new sailing glove range
William Burke,
With a new ergonomic grip design and sharp colour scheme, the design team from Burke have once again delivered with their latest short-fingered sailing glove range.... [more]
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Italian sailor set to break American record NYC to SFO
Barbara Sanicola/Sail-World Cruising,
Almost nothing can stop him now. An Italian sailor is on his way to break the record for the fastest monohull to sail from New York to San Francisco via the Horn. It's not an easy route, as one sails round the Horn the 'wrong way', and it has a long history, so it will be a sweet victory.... [more]
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Autopilots - about to get more 'intelligent'
Raymarine/Sail-World Cruising,
For the typical short-handed cruising sailor, the autopilot is often the third crew member, enabling the short-handed crew to be more places at once when necessary, relieving weariness and allowing more sleep for the off-watch crew member. Autopilots have their strengths and weaknesses, so it's good news that the technology which is coming soon will be making them more flexible and easier to use.... [more]
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Australian National Maritime Museum - Adventure never sleeps
Emma Williams,
Looking for something to keep the little ones busy now that older brother or big sister has gone back to school? Look no further that the Australian National Maritime Museum's Mini Mariners program.... [more]
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Offshore boat inspections in interests of Blue Water safety
NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Acting General Manager Boating Operations Scott Kidd today announced a campaign to improve awareness of boating safety requirements for those heading offshore is under way on NSW waters.... [more]
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Crabs help Great Barrier Reef coral combat white syndrome
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
A particular species of crab has been assisting Great Barrier Reef coral in combating white syndrome, a deadly disease that causes coral tissue to disintegrate. Joseph Pollock, from James Cook University's School of Marine and Tropical Biology and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), has been studying the disease, and its unlikely helper, the 'furry coral crab'.... [more]
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Australian National Maritime Museum - Lightshow extended
Jude Timms,
The Australian National Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that Waves of Migration - its dynamic rooftop projection show which has been delighting Darling Harbour visitors since Australia Day - has been extended until 28 February due to popular demand.... [more]
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